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The Sterling Highway Is OPEN At MP 106

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Good news for those heading to Homer this week, the Sterling Highway is open at MP 106, according to the Department of Transportation. DOT is working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. Construction for the 2019 season will primarily occur at Slikok Tributary, Crooked Creek, and Clam Gulch. The Coal Creek culvert will be replaced as a part of improvements, and the adjacent areas revegetated and restored. Construction crews are working between MP 101 and 118.Crews will be installing culverts at Slikok Tributary, Clam Gulch, Coal Creek and Crooked Creek.Crews will be working day and night shifts. Drivers should be aware of possible TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS and DELAYS. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. DOT advises drivers to still use caution while driving on the gravel surface in the area, and follow all traffic signs. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWlast_img read more


Bentleys new Flying Spur will have 3D leather upholstery

first_img More From Roadshow 0 Share your voice Post a comment 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocrat Enlarge ImageThe material was created “by the team of exceptional craftsmen and women based in Crewe, England,” Bentley said. Bentley Bentley is preparing to introduce a new version of its Flying Spur sedan, and the latest teaser provides an idea of the incredible attention-to-detail that Crewe’s craftspeople are putting into the new ultra-luxury car.Specifically, Bentley said Thursday that the new Flying Spur will use a new type of leather upholstery with a three-dimensional diamond effect. The company promised that, as ever, the Flying Spur will offer “an unparalleled touring experience for the driver and passengers alike.” Superluxury Cars Luxury cars Sedans 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible: Unparalleled grand touring Tags 26 Photos More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Earlier this year, Bentley offered up two teasers of the outside of the new Flying Spur. The car will offer an ornately designed take on the brand’s “Flying B” hood ornament, while a sketch revealed that it might have some design cues from the two-door Continental GT range. So far Bentley has said only that the new car will be fully revealed later this year.As to other details, it’s fair to assume the flying Spur might use the same touchscreen infotainment system as the newest Continental GT. That car’s powertrains might carry over, too; they comprise a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 with 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque along with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 542 hp and 568 lb-ft.The current version of the Bentley Flying Spur was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The introduction of the new model comes in the year of Bentley’s 100th anniversary. Bentleylast_img read more


8 km tailback on DhakaCtg highway

first_img.An eight kilometre tailback was created on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway on Saturday morning, following slow traffic movement from Kanra of Daudkandi upazila, Comilla up till Meghna-Gomti toll plaza.Daudkandi highway police officer in-charge Abul Kalam Azad said the slow ticketing process on the Meghna-Gomti Bridge’s web-based excel load scale is the reason of the tailback.Driver of a Dhaka-bound bus of Sheba Paribahan, Kabir Mia, said it took five hours to cross eight kilometers of the road. It will be hassle for the home-goers during the upcoming Eid festival, he added.last_img read more


Expert Shares Insights Into Charter Bus Safety

first_imgPhoto Laura Isensee | Houston Public MediaA charter bus arrives at Channelview High School on Tuesday, March 13, after another bus from the school was involved in a fatal crash.In the wake of the fatal charter bus accident involving students from Channelview High School, Brooks Rugemer helps Houston Matters understand the regulations covering charter bus safety. He’s a commercial transportation specialist with Robson Forensic in Lancaster, Penn. Sharelast_img


For the Homeless Winter Can be Life or Death

first_imgAfter being let in to the shelter at 3 p.m., men chose to sit in the silent dayroom. (Photos by Maya Allen)Doors open at 3 p.m. daily for scores of men to secure a bed for the night at Central Union Mission, a homeless shelter in Northwest Washington D.C.One by one, the men, young and old from all different walks of life, slowly trickled in recently through the open doors of the brick building on Massachusetts Avenue.  There are 192 spots available for the homeless, and every day they fill quickly.A few of the men were coming from work with no place to sleep for the night, but most were coming from the streets, seeking temporary refuge from the cold weather.It is winter, and for hundreds of thousands of homeless men and women across the Washington region and the nation, finding shelter, particularly at night, can be the difference between life and death.  Spend the night on the street, and they may not wake up the next morning.Jennifer Paul is the development director of Thrive D.C., an organization that provides emergency services, meals and a place for the homeless to come out of the cold during the day. She knows the seriousness of this risk, which has proven to be deadly.“When the temperature drops, people who are in shelter are encouraged to stay there,” Paul said.According to media reports, at least seven homeless people froze to death last winter in Washington.  One, who was well known on Capitol Hill, died just a few blocks away from the White House.   Another was found frozen to death in January in Oxen Hill, Md.Every night in America, more than 600,000 people are homeless, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Nearly 7,000 of those people, the report said, live in Washington, which has the highest rate of homelessness among major cities.D.C. is one of three states that have a mandatory shelter law during hypothermia season, which opened Nov. 1.  When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, government officials are required to provide emergency shelter for the homeless including individuals and families.A staff counselor walks inside Central Union Mission’s building. The mission offers a residential program for men to help them successfully transition into society.The city has faced hurdles in recent years with the surge of the homeless requesting shelter. Advocates and government officials are actively working to keep even more individuals and families out of the cold and into the warmth of shelters and affordable housing this year.In the midst of these freezing temperatures, the city opens  what it calls low barrier emergency shelters to house more people. Normal hours are from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. On extremely cold weather days, the shelters are open 24 hours a day until the temperatures rise above freezing.The city also opens additional overflow shelters for persons in various recreation centers around the city. If homeless people do not have the means to make it to one of the regular shelters, they are welcome in the overflow shelters.At Central Union Mission, the men stood in line, patiently awaiting their turn. Each raised his hands while a staff member searched him with a metal detector for contraband or outside food.Some retreated to the quiet dayroom where no talking is permitted. A few of the men closed their eyes while others intently watched the muted television, scripted with subtitles. A silent sadness filled the room.Others preceded downstairs to the noisy dayroom where they talked and joked. Some watched the television, while others received haircuts from the shelter’s in-house barbers.“The mission has always been to help the homeless, and we’ve been doing that for 130 years now,” said Rev. James Lewis, senior director of the mission and graduate of Howard University School of Divinity. This is his 14th year serving with the mission.In 1884, Lewis said, the mission was a place of refuge for the homeless men roaming the streets of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Many were Civil War veterans with no place to call home.During the Great Depression of the 1920s and 30s, it was a children’s emergency home for families to leave their children when they didn’t have the means to take care of them anymore. It is the oldest social service agency in the D.C., he said.Since the District’s temperatures have begun to drop below freezing and the winter season is approaching, the mission’s beds have been full every night, Lewis said.“They don’t even have to leave when they wake up,” Lewis said.  “They are free to go in and out all day.  We don’t want to enable homelessness, but we treat every one that walks in here as our guest.”Erik Salmi, the director of communications for Catholic Charities D.C., an organization that provides housing and shelter programs, works closely with different sites across the District to provide the best options for them during the winter season.“Counting all of our shelters around the District, each night during the winter season, we provide more than 1800 beds for the homeless,” she said.George Jones, program manager for the Nativity Shelter for Women and for all hypothermia shelters across the District, said housing the homeless during the winter is a yearlong process.“As a matter of fact, all summer long they’re planning for the winter,” Jones said. “The first thing they estimate is how many individuals and families they are going to have to house, and then they determine what sites they are going to use along with the transportation.”last_img read more


Amazon Officially Splits HQ2 Between New York City Northern Virginia

first_img Popular on Variety All told, Amazon — one of the world’s most valuable corporations — will receive nearly $2.1 billion in tax incentives and cash grants to build the two East Coast headquarters. That includes $1.525 billion in New York based on the company creating 25,000 jobs in Long Island City; and $573 million in Virginia based on the same estimated job-creation target.For NYC, Amazon projected it will deliver incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years. The company pegged tax revenue generated by the Arlington, Va., HQ location of $3.2 billion over the next two decades.“Amazon demanded subsidies and terms from cities all over the country, demanded those terms be kept secret, then reneged on its promise to locate thousands of jobs,” Barry Lynn, executive director of liberal think tank Open Markets Institute, which has lobbied for the breakup of the internet giant. “Amazon is now treating even the biggest of American cities with the same disrespect it shows for the suppliers and the merchants who depend on its website to reach customers.”Also Tuesday, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville, Tenn., for a new business hub responsible for customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs, the company said. Amazon is receiving $102 million in tax incentives in Nashville.Amazon expects to begin hiring in 2019 for the Long Island City and Arlington headquarters locations as well as the Nashville hub.“We are excited to build new headquarters in New York City and Northern Virginia,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, said in a statement. “These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come. The team did a great job selecting these sites, and we look forward to becoming an even bigger part of these communities.”The ecommerce giant said it expects to invest some $5 billion and create up to 50,000 jobs for the New York and Northern Virginia campuses. After launching the HQ2 search in September 2017, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Capping a 14-month, hype-filled search, Amazon.com officially announced that its “HQ2” plans for a second base of operations in North America would actually be divvied up between New York City and Arlington, Va.The company said it will establish dual East Coast headquarters located in Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Crystal City neighborhood in Arlington just south of Washington, D.C.The HQ2 sweepstakes had pitted more than 200 cities, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 20 in January, looking to woo Amazon with tax breaks and other amenities. Critics have speculated that Amazon all along wanted to open up large facilities in New York and/or the D.C. area, and that the HQ2 process was designed purely to extract more favorable economic terms. Amazon’s two new satellite headquarters will help it recruit talent on the East Coast to support the ongoing growth of the massive company, whose 2017 sales of $178 billion were up 31% from the year prior. The company needed to expand after maxing out its footprint in Seattle, where it has over 45,000 employees.With Amazon’s move into the Big Apple, “New York can proudly say that we have attracted one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. He touted Amazon’s estimated average annual salary of $150,000 the new jobs in Queens.While some politicos have embraced Amazon and the economic kick its new outposts promise to deliver, others have slammed the massive tax breaks the corporation is set to receive.Queens residents have responded to Amazon’s planned move into Long Island City with “outrage,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Democratic U.S. representative from New York, wrote in a series of tweets Monday evening.“The idea that [Amazon] will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, after the Wall Street Journal reported NYC and Arlington were the final HQ2 selections.Pictured above: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Weighty reading Books which provide physical exercise too

first_imgSomeone once quipped that the “universal aptitude for ineptitude makes any human accomplishment an incredible miracle” and devoted book readers know it too well. Any of the (sadly-diminishing) tribe would be familiar with responses of wonder over the fact that they manage to read even a modestly-long work in a day or two. Wonder what these amazed people would make of a book termed a “doorstopper”? “Doorstoppers” are books so thick and heavy that they can be used to keep doors open – or even be a literary weapon, literally. The irrepressible TVTropes.org, which also suggests they can be a substitute for barbells or an opportunity for orthopaedists, says “Proper Doorstoppers” (also known as “Tree Killers”) should be over 500 pages at least, with a normal typeface – at least 10 point. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA distinction needs to be drawn with “Omnibus” editions, which usually bring a trilogy, or complete works of an author into one. While technically a “doorstopper”, they are not, for this term is for one particular work, which per TVTropes, “can and will cause massive muscle fatigue when reading while holding the book in your hands”.While religious scriptures – or their exegeses – dictionaries, encyclopaedias, most textbooks, especially computer programming, accountancy, biology, et al, are doorstoppers, let’s see some notable examples from both classical and popular literature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThough English has some of the most well-known examples – Charles Dickens, Margaret “Gone With the Wind” Mitchell, J.R.R. Tolkien (save “The Hobbit” and “The Silmarillion”), J.K. Rowling (“The Order of the Phoenix” onwards), the phenomenon is present in literary traditions across the world – Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, among many others and much old.Marcel Proust’s “A la Recherche du Temps Perdu” (“Remembrance of Things Past” or “In Search of Lost Time” now, 1913-27 in French) about his childhood and adulthood experiences in late 19th century/early 20th century France, holds the Guinness records title of longest novel with its one and a half million words. The author was still adding to it and revising the last three volumes at the time of his death, leading to the possibility it could have well emerged longer. However, Mark Leach’s “Marienbad My Love” (2013), about a tortured (mentally) author on a desert island reaching out to a married ex-lover to help him produce a science fiction film, claims to be the world’s longest novel, with over 17 million words, over 10,000 pages across 17 volumes. The novel’s title is itself 6,700 words long, it contains a 4.4-million-letter noun as well as a three million-word-long sentence.Persian poet Ferdowsi’s “The Shahnameh”, about Iranian history from the world’s creation to the Islamic age, in an abridged English prose translation runs close to 1,000 pages and, according to the introduction, a current full English verse translation is nine volumes long. Japanese epic “The Tale of Genji”, varies by language and translator, but one copy is 1,090 pages long. And many classic Chinese novels are in the 2,000-page range – Luo Guanzhong’s 14th century epic “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, about war, turmoil, and bloodshed in the eponymous period (188-280 AD) runs to over 2,300 pages.So does the 16th century “Journey to the West” about Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang’s pilgrimage to India to study Buddhism and obtain accurate copies of religious texts and the exploits of his three supernatural co-travellers and protectors, especially “The Monkey King”, while Cao Xueqin’s 18th century “Dream of the Red Chamber”, about the decline of a noble family is shorter – at only 1,800-odd pages.Russians were quite famous for this At 1,200 pages, Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, about Russian nobility before and during Napoleon’s invasion, is a prime example, while Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” is well over 500 pages and “The Brothers Karamazov” anything between 720 to 1,013 pages, depending on the translation. It must, however, be noted that the authors were paid by the page.French authors too remain masters – Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables”, is affectionately called “The Brick” by its admirers, and has a detailed description of a crack in the wall, through which a character looks, spanning a page and a half – in the condensed version.Indians too figure, with Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” being over 1,500 pages and Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games” at around 1,100.Though, technology has now enabled even a huge doorstopper to easily fit on a light, handy, smartphone or e-reader, determined bookworms from the dawn of publishing to well into the 20th century – and even now – never hesitated to carry around weighty tomes on journeys, to work and otherwise, giving the phrase “active readers” a whole new meaning. Whoever says book reading is a lazy activity, should try to read these.last_img read more